Category Archives: Visual Arts

Botanicals – The Whitworth Doctors (via SVR)

Paul Slater, aka Fabric Lenny, Spodden Valley Revealed, artist in residence, introduces his forthcoming investigation of the Whitworth Doctors, and talks about his unique creative approach…

Beginnings

Following a number of site visits and explorations in and around the village of Whitworth during the latter part of 2019, I am really pleased to be finally embarking on this exciting project with Mid Pennine Arts, exploring the relationship between the Whitworth Doctors, the landscape that surrounds the village of Whitworth, and my work and practice as a contemporary visual artist.

Find out more about Paul and his creative approach on the Spodden Valley Revealed blog.

Banner Culture – All Saints’ Church Walking Day Banner (via the Radical Echo)

The oldest banner in the recent Banner Culture exhibition came from All Saints’ Church in Habergham, Burnley.  It was a very popular banner with visitors and we thought you would like to know more about it.  Clive Spencer, who organised its loan for the exhibition and Rachel Pollitt, from Gawthorpe Hall, tell us more about this beautiful banner in the Radical Echo blog.

Click here to read the whole blog in the Radical Echo.

Todmorden’s Paper People

For the last 15 years we’ve enjoyed providing the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school in Todmorden an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term, supported by Todmorden Town Council.  We were grateful for their support again this year for Paper People – Creating a Wallpaper Portrait Gallery.

Pupils worked with artist Cath Ford, assisted by Leeds University art student Faye Wetherall, to create large, mixed media portraits, using simple basic materials. The pupils worked in groups to create portraits pertinent to books or topics they are currently studying.

Among others we had characters from The Secret Garden; Around the World in 80 Days; Rose Blanche; Viking Boy, and some very glamorous Greek gods and goddesses for an Ancient Greece topic.

Working with Cath and Faye the children used collage, paint and their imagination to bring the characters to life!

The workshops allowed the children to explore historic and contemporary portraiture, by looking at how artists provide visual clues to depict the lives, achievements and stories of subjects in portraits. They then used this learning to devise portraits of their chosen subjects (chosen in advance in collaboration with the class teacher). This helped the pupils to explore the subjects in more depth and consider how to communicate their characteristics in an art work. Finally they had a lot of fun experimenting with different painting, collage and mark-making techniques as they worked collaboratively on these large scale pieces.

The children may not have realised it as they enjoyed the opportunity for self-expression and creativity, but they were engaged in visual thinking, practice of observational skills, analysis and problem solving, along with team working and practicing their communication skills.

We’ve had lots of great feedback from the teachers and the pupils, this one from a student is our favourite.

“I have learnt about being inspired.”

Thank you to the schools and the 200 pupils and staff that took part, and a huge thank you to Todmorden Town Council for supporting the workshops once again this year.

  • Todmorden C Of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School
  • Walsden St. Peter’s CE (VC) Primary School
  • Ferney Lee Primary School
  • St Joseph’s RC Primary School
  • Cornholme Junior, Infant And Nursery School
  • Shade Primary School
  • Castle Hill Primary School

There are lots more photographs featuring the work from all the above schools in our Flickr album.

Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches

Pennine Lancashire Greenways

Artists’ Brief – Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches

Majestic viaducts, dark tunnels, ancient mill ruins, shady woodedgroves…  Lancashire’s new sustainabletransport plan links up stretches of disused railway into off-road greenways,  and offers some brilliant opportunities for creative interpretation.  MPA and Lancashire County Council, along with local partners, are working together to deliver a series of artist-led interventions which engage local communities, stimulate curiosity and interest in heritage and the natural environment, foster a sense of pride in the emerging new routes and build community ownership for the long term.

Background

The strategic transport plan for Lancashire is made possible bygovernment funding through the Regional Growth Fund.  The plan is led by our partners at Lancashire County Council.  Up to 2020, they are investing millions of pounds in joining up the dots of some existing but fragmented cycle routes based on old railway lines, working towards a more joined up network.  LCC asked MPA to bring a creative dimension to the programme, and we are delighted to be working with them.

The Routes

The work is focused on two key routes. The Valley of Stone Greenway will run from Rochdale all the way through Rossendale to Rawtenstall.  In Hyndburn, part of the Sustrans national cycle network, NCN route 6, to be named The Branch Line, will link Accrington down past Haslingden and Helmshore to Ramsbottom.

The Commission

This commission is for a gateway feature at the Shoe Mill/Five Arches junction, a central node that links The Branch Line to key facilities like Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and the newly designated Woodnook Local Nature Reserve. It is also a site with strong links to the industrial and railway heritage of the area.

The final piece should accentuate the connectivity and range of destinations, and may take the form of paving or furniture, although we are open to a range of ideas. It should be low maintenance and the materials/form should take into account the location in terms of exposure to the elements. It should utilise the positive themes of local heritage, collective memories and shared experience. 

This commission, to include all fees and costs for research, design, fabrication and installation will be offered at the fixed price of £3,000.

The commissioning panel will include representatives from Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and it is expected that the selected artist will work with a group of young people from Hollins Technology College in developing the final design of the artwork.

The Artist

The selected artist will have a strong track record in creating work for the public realm. They will have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and a current DBS certificate.

To Apply

To apply for this commission, please send:

  • A letter expressing why you are interested in this commission and how you would approach it.
  • An up to date CV.
  • Examples of relevant previous work (images, web links etc).

To shonagh@midpenninearts.org.uk before 5pm on 9th January 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held in January 2019 with an expectation that the artist will begin work in February 2019 and the final piece will be installed by the summer of 2019.

For an informal chat about this commission please contact Shonagh on the above email to arrange a phone call.

For more information about MPA, the project and our range of work, please visit our website

We look forward to hearing from you!

Archive map in Manchester’s Victoria Station

Celebrating Todmorden – Ferney Lee Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop has resulted in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which celebrate Todmorden and promote it to people living in, and outside of, the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  Our final workshop this year was at Ferney Lee Primary School.  Last, but most definitely not least, here are the posters from the pupils at Ferney Lee.  As well as advertising places to go, the pupils also wanted to share something about the spirit of the town, and issues that matter to them.

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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